Tuesday 25 September 2007

The "March to Save the Judiciary" is ON as Planned.

Read here on Malaysian Bar Council website

Click HERE on transport arrangement details and how to join the March with members of the Bar

Read BELOW earlier postings:

The Bar Council President, Ambiga Sreenevasan, reiterated today the march for justice will go on as planned tomorrow, notwithstanding the report that the government has set up an independent panel to determine the authenticity of the video recording.

"This falls short of the Bar's call for an investigation by a Royal Commission not only of the recording but of larger issues affecting the state of the administration of justice in Malaysia", said Ambiga.

One senior lawyer said the three personalities to the composition of the panel are NOT acceptable. They are Tan Sri Haidar Mohd Noor, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and Datuk Mahadev Shankar. He said:

"Haidar was involved in the 1988 Judicial Crisis.

Lee has no legal training.

Shankar served under Tun Eusoff Chin, and also in the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the black-eye incident involving the former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim which only implicated the then Inspector General of Police, but took no action against police officers who were present at the time the former IGP Ramli assaulted Anwar."

We call on all members to join us in the walk in solidarity, and to send a serious message that improvements to the judicial system have been long overdue including the establishment of an independent appointments and promotion commission.

Ahirudin Attan posted the following on his Rocky's Bru Blog

".. Edmund Bon of the Bar Council has a message for you:
' The walk tomorrow is a peaceful stroll to the PM's Office. Everything humanly possible is being done and has been done over the couple of days to ensure this.

The Cabinet has been informed that we are doing this, and handing over a memorandum and a representative will be expecting us.

The walk is importantly:

  1. a show of solidarity of the Bar and civil society's positions on the issue

  2. to send a message that we are serious about wanting a clean up of the Judiciary including by

  3. calling for an independent appointments and promotion commission

  4. calling for a royal commission to enquire into the recording and the state of the administration of justice in Malaysia.

    A Star sms has been received about DPM announcing the establishment of a panel to investigate the authenticity of the clip.

    This does not change anything about the walk. We are still proceeding to walk because the issues we are advocating are not limited to the recording alone but with much larger issues as described above.

    And would such a decision by the Govt for a panel be set up have been made without the continuous pressure from us and civil society which includes calling for this walk, more so after PM said there would be no royal commission?

    Believe in the power we all have in making change, and believe in ourselves.

    We CANNOT be afraid to walk, we CANNOT look lowly on ourselves, we CANNOT give up our country to people who do not deserve to run it.


    Warm regards


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